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Look of the Week: Mad Men-Worthy Spring Day Dresses

After a 17-month hiatus, Mad Men: Season 5 premiers this Sunday on AMC. While the 60s culture, early agency life and philandering are no-doubt addicting to watch, the characters and period setting really come to life through the envy-ensuing wardrobe. 

(American) Apocalypse Now.

After locking themselves in a basement for months and invoking the expertise (and closet) of go-to SF wardrobe stylist, Rachel Lena Esterline, local fashion whores Brooke Candy and Sam Banks are finally prepared to unleash the American Apocalpyse.

At first click, skeptics may say 'Oh great, just another online vintage shop". Well sorry, you're wrong.

The unstoppable trio sets themselves apart from the sea of secondhand with an impossibly fashion forward eye for unique finds for both sexes at surprisingly reasonable prices, along with fresh, avant-garde (and sometimes just plain wacky) styling.

Actual Vintage Hits Urban Outfitters on Powell

Say what you will about the overpriced hipster haven (that you still secretly scour for the latest trends), but Urban Outfitters on Powell is now stocked with real, bonafide designer vintage for a limited time and well, it's surprisingly good.

Head upstairs to find hand-picked racks of ladylike frilled blouses, pretty warm-weather dresses, a colorful array of skinny leather belts, perfectly worn-in shoes and more from the likes of Betsey Johnson, Ralph Lauren, Pendleton and Ferragamo. The best part? The prices are comparable, if not slightly cheaper, that the vintage-inspired wares that fill the rest of the store.

All in all, it's definitely worth checking out if you don't feel like heading to the Haight or Mission for your secondhand fix.

One Killer Rack: Bianca Starr Debuts Stylist Boutique

Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a hot stylist’s rack (people, not like that). You’ll get your chance this Friday, when Bianca Starr unveils its first “stylist boutique,” a new in-store concept that’s sure to have local vintage fashion fans drooling.

“We have the hottest, most talented women in the city who have graced us with their fashion influence and asked them to pick out 20 to 30 of their favorite pieces that they can part with to be out on consignment,” store owner Bianca Kaplan blogged recently.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Chaiken, Yummie Tummie, Vintage Fashion Expo

This weekend is all about classic silhouettes, solid foundations and exploring the fashions of the past.

Start in SoMa at the Chaiken Spring 2009 Sample Sale for up to 70 percent off women’s apparel and accessories from the San Francisco label’s current collection. Founder Julie Chaiken’s signature sense of easy-going yet quietly refined style comes through once again in the season’s subdued and versatile sheaths, twill shorts, jersey knit dresses and roomy leather carryalls.

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